2018 Winners

The Surrey Business Awards have arrived.

Surrey’s business community gathered at the Epsom Downs Racecourse for the prestigious 2018 Surrey Business Awards on October 4th, and a packed audience saw IMC Worldwide pick up the highly sought-after Company of the Year award.

The other big winner on the night was ClickIQ, which won the Start-up of the Year and the company’s Managing Director Richard Collins was named as Businessperson of the Year.

Hosted by Paul Sinha, comedian and star of ITV’s hit show The Chase, the 2018 Awards were a truly countywide celebration of business excellence. Hundreds of applicants entered or were nominated, and the 46 finalists were drawn from 18 towns across Surrey.

The judging panel, chaired by Louise Punter, CEO of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, included representatives from Heathrow Airport, NatWest, Kingston Smith, Sandown Mercedes-Benz, Morrisons, Partridge Muir & Warren, Surrey Chambers Magazine, projectfive, Surrey Business School, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, CountyClean Group, Challengers, Uniglobe Preferred Travel and Gemini Print.

The winners represented a wide range of sectors and company sizes, reflecting the diverse nature of the county’s economy. The Company of the Year, IMC Worldwide is an international development consultancy based in Redhill, with nine offices worldwide and over 400 staff. ClickIQ was only launched in 2017, but the judges were impressed by its recruitment tool which is designed to automatically manages and attracts the right candidates.

Sponsors, finalists and guests welcomed the launch of the new awards.

Comments on the night included:

“At last, Surrey has a world-class awards event.”

“One of the most professional shows I have ever seen.”

“Hugely enjoyable and a great raft of winners.”

“Thank you all at Platinum for delivering such a brilliant event last night. I thought it was a very sophisticated event!!”


The Winners

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group

WINNER: Ramsac


FINALIST: Something Big


Business Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Surrey Business School

WINNER: Trueinvivo


FINALIST: Holistic Healing Therapy


Food & Drink Destination of the Year

Sponsored by The Gemini Print Group

WINNER: The Anchor

FINALIST: Cullenders Delicatessen & Kitchen

FINALIST: Dastaan Indian Restaurant


Best Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Sandown Mercedes Benz

WINNER: Explore Learning

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bruce’s Doggy Day Care

FINALIST: Sell Electrical


International Business of the Year

Sponsored by Uniglobe Preferred Travel

WINNER: Gold-i


FINALIST: Gillespie UK


Start-up of the Year

Sponsored by Surrey Chambers Business Magazine


FINALIST: Artifex Designs

FINALIST: Raver Tots


Professional Services Award

Sponsored by projectfive

WINNER: BakerLaw

FINALIST: Perfect Pitch Consultancy



Tourist Destination of the Year

Sponsored by CountyClean Group

WINNER: Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village

FINALIST: Brooklands Museum

FINALIST: The Lightbox Gallery & Museum


Corporate Fundraiser of the Year

Sponsored by Challengers

WINNER: Kelly’s Storage

FINALIST: Barratt David Wilson Homes

FINALIST: Run Reigate


Chamber Member of the Year

Sponsored by Surrey Chambers of Commerce


FINALIST: Accounting4contractors

FINALIST: Resourcing4HR


Business in the Community Award

Sponsored by Kingston Smith

WINNER: Charles Russell Speechlys


FINALIST: White Label Creative


SME Business of the Year

Sponsored by Partridge Muir & Warren

WINNER: Bruce’s Doggy Day Care

FINALIST: Clandon Wood Nature Reserve and Country Burial Ground



Large Business of the Year

Sponsored by Heathrow Airport

WINNER: IMC Worldwide

FINALIST: Explore Learning

FINALIST: Plan Insurance Brokers


Businessperson of the Year

Sponsored by Morrisons Solicitors

WINNER: Richard Collins, ClickIQ

FINALIST: Harvey Ockrim, Satelliet UK

FINALIST: Katharine Glass, White Label Creative


Company of the Year

Sponsored by Natwest

WINNER: IMC Worldwide

FINALIST: Explore Learning

FINALIST: Bruce’s Doggy Day Care


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